Two Historic Edgartown Hotels Sell For $12.3 Million at Public Auction
Julia Wells

The historic Harbor View and Kelley House hotels in Edgartown were sold at public auction this week to First Winthrop Corp., a Boston real estate company which owns 160 commercial properties on Nantucket. Purchase price was $12,305,000.

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Coal Bin into Parlor
Vineyard Gazette

Guests returning to the Great Harbour Inn in Edgartown, the former Kelley House, have some surprises in store for them, but it is doubtful that they will miss the coal bin. For probably none of them knew that what is now a most attractive small parlor to the left of the front door, was once the hotel coal bin, which has been relegated to the rear, close to the furnace.

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Changes in Old Hostelry Leave Exterior Unchanged
Vineyard Gazette

When the Great Harbour Inn opened in Edgartown this spring, early guests and staff members had several surprises in the form of improvements in the building waiting for them, improvements not discernible from the outside since Richard L. Colter, the owner of the inn, was careful not to disturb the appearance of the 200 year old building.

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Local Items
Vineyard Gazette

Contractor Elmer E. West is building for Mrs. E. A. Kelley, of the Kelley House, on her land on the waterfront between Osborn’s and Chadwick’s wharves, a two-story building, 24 by 34 feet in size, which we are told will be used by male guests of the Kelley House as a lounging room, with other rooms for card playing, smoking, etc.

 

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William Kelley
Vineyard Gazette

Sudden, and yet not unexpected, was the announcement last Friday evening which went from house to house and club to business place, that William Kelley, well-known landlord and busy citizen, had passed away.

Mr. Kelley had been confined to the house for about ten days, although he had been ailing for the past six weeks. The cause of his sickness and death was Brights disease, which, once seated, made fast inroads upon his naturally rugged frame.

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A Handsome Sign
Vineyard Gazette

A handsome sign, “Kelley House,” in black and gold, was put in position on the front of that hotel a few days ago, the work of Painter Chas. A. Joy. A new house-flag has also been flung to the breeze, “Kelley’s,” the gift to the house of Mrs. Marshall Shepard, who has been in the past a frequent guest at the Kelley House.

 

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New Kelley House Open for Business
Vineyard Gazette
For the first time in more than a quarter of a century a full-fledged inn is open year-round in Edgartown center, serving meals as well as offering accommodations.
 
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Legislators Stay at New Kelley House in Inn’s Old Tradition
Vineyard Gazette
One of the best known traditions of the old Kelley House at Edgartown was its semi-annual entertainment of the Justice of the Superior Court and his suite on the occasion of the sittings of the court in and for the County of Dukes County at Edgartown. The sittings used to fall in April and September, and many stories are still told of Bill Kelley and how, on occasion, he took the judge on a tour of Chappaquiddick while the court stood in recess.
 
For many years the house opened in time for the spring sitting and closed after the fall sitting.
 
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Vineyard House
Vineyard Gazette

This commodious hotel is now open to the public. The proprietor, Mr. Joseph Kelley, is a gentleman every way worthy of the confidence of visitors, and one who will spare no pains to make his patrons comfortable, and so well pleased as to desire to prolong their stay. We trust the “Vineyard” may be prospered under this new administration.

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Salvaged from Storm, for Use as Hotel Annex
Vineyard Gazette
The Kelley House garden in Edgartown resumes a portion of its former beauty as it is cleared of the wreckage of the hurricane, and the setting has changed through the addition of two annex buildings increasing the capacity of the ancient hotel.
 
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